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Small Mammal House News Archive

Porcupette
Mar. 03, 2017
We’re celebrating the newest member of the Small Mammal House, a baby prehensile tailed porcupine, by taking a closer look at one of the species' defining characteristics—quills!
a baby prehensile-tailed porcupine lounges on a tree branch
Feb. 24, 2017
The Small Mammal House recently welcomed a baby prehensile-tailed porcupine! Baby porcupines are known, adorably, as porcupettes. 
Black-footed ferret Capone
Jan. 23, 2017
A geriatric black-footed ferret named Capone was humanely euthanized Jan. 19 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI). He was seven years old.
Agouti baby
Nov. 04, 2016
The Smithsonian National Zoo's new agouti needs a name and we need your help!  
Przewalski's Horse in Mongolia
Sep. 27, 2016
A conservationist’s work is never done. At least, it doesn’t stop when a species is returned to its native habitat.
Feb. 26, 2016
The Small Mammal House's baby boom got a little bit bigger Feb. 4 with the births of two fennec fox kits! Keepers are hand-raising the kits—one male and one female—who were born to 7-year old mother... read more
Sep. 21, 2015
If you've visited the Small Mammal House recently, you may have noticed that our male sand cat Thor now has a female companion! One-year-old Lulu arrived at the Zoo in May and, after a routine period... read more
Agouti, a small furry mammal
Jul. 14, 2015
Yesterday shortly after 7 p.m., a male agouti escaped from his outdoor enclosure behind the Small Mammal House at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Agoutis are large beautiful rodents about the size of... read more
May. 20, 2015
This keeper update was written by Kenton Kerns.